Spend a day hiking in this majestic park and stay in the surrounds
Discover the magical wildlife of Madagascar during the tour
Explore the depths of Madagascar by bicycle
Cycle this diverse country and get to know the real Madagascar
Every day will bring new experiences and new vistas
Find the simple pleasures in life
Find the pace and style of riding that suits you on this flexible tour
Ride the tranquil roads of this fascinating country
Get out into the heart of Madagascar and find a friendly and welcoming country
Meet some new cycling friends on a memorable tour
Experience the calm and serene rural settings as you ride
Discover Madagascar by bike
Enjoy the diversity of each day and the new sights they bring
Get close to nature on this 17 day tour of Madagascar

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Duration
19 days
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Cycle from Antananarivo to Mananjary on the east coast of Madagascar, and take advantage of the opportunity to see the diverse wildlife at Ranomafana National Park along the way over 19 days. Please bring a sense of adventure when traveling to Madagascar. It is a developing destination and you will be cycling through remote areas where hotels, infrastructure and travel services are often basic. Be prepared to go outside your usual comfort zone and you will be richly rewarded. Discovering the real Madagascar at close hand is what this challenge is all about.

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    19 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    462.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    35.4 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    19 days
  • Main Destination
    Madagascar
  • Distance
    462.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    35.4 miles
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed

Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrival

    Today is an arrival day. You are free to arrive at any time. Upon arrival in Antananarivo you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Tana has an enchanting collection of colorful houses that  are often positioned crookedly on the slopes creating a stunning effect. Uneven roofs, weathered brick walls and disruptive wooden stalls daringly push in and over each other, as if to prevent each other from slipping.

    • Orchid Hotel, Antananarivo
  2. Day 2Antananarivo – Miarinarivo

    After cycling on a bypass, you'll leave the capital and cycle on a tarmac road all day. At first it is still quite flat for a few kilometers before some sweat-driven ascents, followed by rapid descents, begin. Halfway, near Arivonimamo, you'll see the former international airport, which today serves as a military base.

    After you have mastered the last mountains you'll cycle a few kilometers downhill. Miarinarivo is located west of the capital Antananarivo in the central highlands, on the edge of a former volcanic area with fertile basalt soils. The area here, the Itasy region, is one of Madagascar’s most attractive landscapes. The island’s third largest lake, the picturesque Lac Itasy, is named after the region. With its volcanic origin, it offers many destinations, a variety of lakes and crater lakes, waterfalls and geysers.

    • 55.9 miles
    • Des Volcans, Miarinarivo
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Miarinarivo – Ampefy

    During today's bike tour you'll have a fantastic view of the landscape on the way to the volcanic area around Ampefy. The route is a challenge. The car won't be able to follow the group. You'll see the farmers and families who work in the rice fields. You will cross a river on a narrow bridge and come to some small villages and can see the rural lifestyle.

    In the afternoon you will discover the region by cycling along the 13-village path. This leads you around the Itasy lake with a wonderful view of the landscape. The car cannot follow. At the end you'll drive to Ilot de la Vierge, where you can enjoy a 360 ° panoramic view of the lake and the region.

    • 34.2 miles
    • The Kavitaha hotel, Ampefy
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Bike Tour around Ampefy

    Ampefy is a typical town on the banks of the Itasy, it is the third largest lake in the country. The area is of volcanic origin with craters, lakes and rivers. Due to its height, Ampefy offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The region grows vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, tobacco, apples, avocados, cassava and much more. In the lake there are many fish such as tilapia or carp and quite a few inhabitants of the region live from fishing. The bike tour today is challenging and you should not be fooled by the distance of only 30 km. You're going to the Lily waterfall. This spectacular waterfall, 23 m high and surrounded by numerous legends, is located in a beautiful place surrounded by green grass. Then you'll return to Ampefy in an arc. If time is up, we'll visit the geysers of Analavory.

    • 18.6 miles
    • The Kavitaha hotel, Ampefy
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Bike Tour Ampefy – Faratsiho, to Antsirabe

    The first section will be driven by car. There is very little traffic there and you will have fantastic views over the landscape. You can easily meet the local people, talk to them and have a close look at their daily life. The highest point you reach is 2180 meters (7152ft). This is one of the coldest regions of the country.

    You'll continue on the bike on a good dirt road. There is very little traffic and you'll have fantastic views of the countryside. You can easily meet the Malagasy people, talk to them and have a look at their daily life. The last 37 kilometers you will cycle downhill on asphalt until reaching Antsirabe.



    • 49.7 miles
    • Des Thermes, Antsirabe
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6Antsirabe – Lake Andraikiba – Lake Tritriva – Betafo – Antsirabe

    Today has about 63 km of biking including 30 km dirt road, transfer from / to hotel about 2 km, 10 minutes.

    In the area around Antsirabe, the Vakinankaratra, there are numerous crater lakes. The two most famous are Andraikiba and Tritriva. On the way you'll see and enjoy the typical landscape of rice fields, fruit and vegetable plantations and grazing cattle. First, you will cycle to Lac Andraikiba. In the past, the lake was a recreational area and a center for water sports activities. Today it serves as a water reservoir for Antsirabe.

    You'll continue on a good dirt road and pass through several villages until you reach Lac Tritriva. Of course, there is a lot of history around the lake. The whole area is of volcanic origin. You'll have a beautiful view of the villages and fields of the grain farmers working for the brewery in Antsirabe. After lunch you'll continue cycling to Betafo. The name means ‘where there are many roofs’. There you'll take a look around and visit the market. You will stop here and there to talk to people. The last 22 km you'll drive on tarmac. In the afternoon you’ll be back in Antsirabe.

    • 39.1 miles
    • Des Thermes, Antsirabe
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Antsirabe - Fandriana - Ambositra

    Today is a challenging cycling day. You will start early in the morning by bus to join a good dirt road trail for about 35km (21mi). Here you will reach the small village of Soanindrariny, where you will get on your bike and the adventure can start. The next 50km (31mi) you will have to be self-sufficient, as the car cannot follow. During today, you can expect great landscapes, great views, and rural life of the Malagasy population. In addition, there will be lots of uphill and downhills until you arrive in the town of Fandriana. There the support car will wait. The bikes will be loaded and you'll drive for another hour Ambositra where you will stay the night at a nice hotel.

    • 31.1 miles
    • La Piscine Escapade, Ambositra
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  8. Day 8Ambositra – Fianarantsoa

    Today has about 65 km cycling plus about 90 km, 3 hours car transfer.

    The city rises like a fortress from a cool, green and picturesque valley, lined with rice fields and surrounded by green peaks, and is famous for its wood carvings, raffia products and other souvenirs. For generations, Zafimaniry foresters, carpenters and craftsmen have developed a range of practical knowledge and skills relating to wood. Ambositra is the handicraft capital of the Zafimaniry wood carvers. Geometric designs and shapes show the different relationships between people. Their traditional wood carving has been included in UNESCO's list of masterpieces of traditional world culture.

    After you have visited a workshop, you'll continue on the tour. You'll take the bus to Lalatsara on a winding road. Here you'll get on your bikes. A scenic route beneath large granite mountains leads to Ambohimahasoa. The road leads between rocks and rivers through undulating hills, crossed by rice-cultivated valleys.

    • 40.4 miles
    • La Rizière, Fianarantsoa
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  9. Day 9Fianarantsoa – Ambalavao

    Fianarantsoa, the country's former spiritual center, is the third largest city in Madagascar and the most important city in the Haute Matsiatra region. It was built as an administrative center by the French colonial powers in the early 19th century. With the traditional houses, the numerous churches and the viticulture culture, there is a lot to see and discover. The city is a transport hub in the south-eastern region.

    First, you'll drive to a viewpoint that has a beautiful view of the city. Then you will drive on to Ambositra. The drive is very scenic with many views. You'll cross several small valleys with rice and manioc plantations, some eucalyptus forests and vineyards. Between Fianarantsoa and Ambalavao is one of the most important wine-growing regions in the country.

    • 34.8 miles
    • Aux Bougainvillées, Ambalavao
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  10. Day 10Bike tour Ambalavao – Anja villagers Park – Tsaranoro, about 54 km, 20 km dirt road

    After breakfast you'll visit the traditional Antaimoro paper production. The origin of the copper-coloured paper, which feels like a fine, silky rough fiber wallpaper, goes back a long way to the past.

    Bizarre landscapes await you in Anja Park. This small park is a good example of the self-administration of a village and the development of tourism. At the entrance to the small park a small information hut was built in which you can find out about the project. You'll see many Katta (Lemur Catta) here. These Lemurs are very enjoyable to watch. You'll take a short tour of the site.

    South of Ambalavao the area changes. The rice fields and green areas disappear more and more and change to steppe and savannah. You'll cross the border from the highlands to the south. Huge granite massifs alternate with a grass steppe landscape. It is an intoxicating landscape between red earth and small picturesque villages.

    • 33.6 miles
    • Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  11. Day 11Hike into Andringitra massif and region

    Today you will take a hike climbing to the ‘chameleon’ mountain, with its shape of a chameleon in the rock. After villages, rice fields and hills you will reach some forests with gnarled trees. Maybe you'll see lemurs. The mountain with its steep cliffs is of volcanic origin, consisting of highly fissured granite. The height is between 650 (2132ft) and 2600 meters (8530ft). Andringitra extends over a length of 100 km (62 mi). You will appreciate spectacular views over this ancient landscpe, and can discover many of its historic places.

    • Tsara Camp, Tsaranoro
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  12. Day 12Tsaranoro – Ambalavao

    After breakfast, you will cycle back on a dirt road to Ankaramena where you will meet the RN7, the National road 7. The dirt road is sometimes difficult and demands a lot from you. Ankaramena is a small town on the national road. Agriculture dominates, mainly rice and maize are cultivated. In the season there are also many mango fruits. The wide range of colors, shapes and degrees of maturity is surprising. From here you'll return by bus to Ambalavao, where you'll spend another night.

    • 21.7 miles
    • Aux Bougainvillées, Ambalavao
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  13. Day 13Bike tour Ambalavao – Sahambavy

    Another challenge. First, you'll take the bus north to Talata-Ampano. That's where you'll get on your bikes. The first 20 km are often undulating, then after it is mostly downhill. You will cycle on a dirt road through many small valleys and farms filled with rice and cassava. There are not many tourists here; children have rarely seen white people and are curious. The car cannot follow. You will end up at a lake surrounded by tea plantations.

    • 43.5 miles
    • Lac Hotel, Sahambavy
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  14. Day 14Sahambavy – Ranomafana

    It’s possible to visit the Sahambavy Tea Estate, the only tea plantation in Madagascar. The tea estate created in 1970, set in a pretty valley beside Lake Sahambavy, produces large quantities of tea for both exports to Mombasa in Kenya and for local consumption.

    Then you'll cycle along a dirt road without an escort vehicle before you start again on tar. Towards the end you'll have an almost 10 km long descent.

    • 41 miles
    • Cristo, Ranomafana
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  15. Day 15Hike in Ranomafana National Park

    Today you will be taking a break from the bike tour. You will discover the Ranomafana National Park by foot. On the hike through the tropical park made up of rainforest, you will discover the interesting, endemic animal and plant world closely. In Ranomafana, there are 12 species of lemurs, Geckos, Chameleons, and toads and more than 96 birds whose 68 endemic. You can find orchids, large bamboos and bracken. You may hope to see different lemurs, for example, Diadema Sifaka. If there is the chance you will see different species of Lemurs, one of which, the bamboo lemur. You will have a possibility to go to the swimming pool with the natural warm water.

    • Cristo, Ranomafana
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  16. Day 16Ranomafana – Mananjary

    For the last section you'll cycle on an asphalt road towards the coast to the end of National Road 25. Mananjary is a quiet and relaxed town on the Indian Ocean and a peaceful and authentic place in the southeast of the country. The region invites you to discover its plantations with spices such as vanilla, cinnamon or cloves. There are also plantations with cocoa, coffee, olives and of course rice. Here is a hot and humid region. You may discover the customs and local culture of the Antambahoaka ethnic group. Or take the opportunity to visit the market with its many local products.

    In the city center you can see some colonial houses. The originally 600 km long Canal des Pangalanes Canal runs here. The warm, tropical Indian Ocean invites you to enjoy one of the beautiful beaches. The sea is rough and the seabed is littered with reefs and rocks and you'll have to expect strong breakers. In the evening you will leave the physical tiredness behind and celebrate the end of your bike tour.

    • 80.8 - 37.3 miles
    • Sorafa Hotel & Bungalows, Mananjary
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  17. Day 17Mananjary

    Free day at the beach or to discover the town and the surrounding area.

    • Sorafa Hotel & Bungalows, Mananjary
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  18. Day 18Mananjary – Ambositra

    Today you'll say ‘Good bye’ to the Indian Ocean and drive to Ambositra, the main town of the Zafimaniry ethnic group (,about 280 km car transfer). You'll spend the night there.

    • La Piscine Escapade, Ambositra
    • Breakfast and Dinner
  19. Day 19Ambositra – Antananarivo

    Today you will transfer back to Antananarivo - about 270 km car transfer. Be sure to book your return journey home with airline earliest at 1500 (3pm). You will have a direct transfer from the hotel to Antananarivo airport or to your hotel and here the tour ends.

    • Breakfast